Kollywood discovers Cannes, meets up with Bollywood

G Pramod Kumar

May 20, 2012 11:23:03 IST

Of late, participating in the Cannes film festival at the French riviera has become a standard operating procedure for prestige and publicity for the frontliners of the Tamil film industry.

Every year, there is at least one claim of either official invitation (to) or participation in the festival.

The first to raise the Cannes buzz in the industry this year was Kamal Hassan who in March announced that the festival was keen to include his under-production venture Vishwaroopam in the competition section, which is the most coveted forum of the event.

Tamil producer-director Elred Kumar with Bollywood director Anurag Kashyap at the Cannes festival

He claimed that the festival was willing to relax its deadline for submissions to include his film and he was trying his best to finish it on time. However, there was no further word on this from Kamal Hassan and the film was nowhere to be seen at Cannes, either in competition or any other sections.

Perhaps to make up for Kamal Hassan, a lesser known director, Elred Kumar from Kollywood set off to Cannes with his psychological thriller Muppozhuthum Un Karpanaigal (MUK), a commercial hit.

The debut-director, who earlier produced a couple of blockbusters in Tamil, claimed that he was invited to the Marche du film, the film market of the festival. Quarters close to him said that he had an “overwhelming” screening of MUK at Cannes and there has been “discussion on remaking it in European languages.”

Other than the film marketeers, there was a familiar face that Elred Kumar met up with in Cannes: director Anurag Kashyap. He is at Cannes to screen his “Gangs of Wasseypur” in the Directors’ Fortnight, which is part of the official programme of the festival.

Kumar said he had a discussion with Kashyap on doing a Hindi project.

Anyway, Cannes had once been a distant dream for Indian film makers with only the likes of Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Shaji N Karun and Sekhar Kapur ever making it to the red carpet.

But the barriers have been broken and what we see now is less than a march. Kollywood directors with money have discovered Cannes and the festival with many sidelines gives them a great photo-op.

Updated Date: May 20, 2012 11:23 AM

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